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OECD Review of Telecommunication Policy and Regulation in Colombia
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  09 Apr 2014
Pages: 164 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264208131 , OECD Code: 932014011E1
Price:   €24 | $34 | £21 | ¥3100 | MXN440
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As have OECD countries, Colombia has recognised that the communications sector, and in particular high-speed Internet access provided by fixed and mobile broadband, represents a key infrastructure for improving productivity and economic growth and in enhancing the welfare of its citizens. This report reviews policies and regulations in the telecommunication service sector in Colombia. It puts forward recommendations aimed at furthering regulatory reform and stimulating market competition and investment in the sector as a building block for the future development of the Colombian economy. It aims to help achieve one of the government's goals, which is to develop a knowledge-intensive society.

Table of contents:

Executive summary 9
-Introduction 9
-Main recommendations 11
Chapter 1. The telecommunication sector in Colombia 15
-1.1. Introduction 16
-1.2. The national context for telecommunication policies 18
-1.3. Telecommunication market participants, market performance and the regulatory framework 19
-1.4. Telecommunication markets: Developments in competition 23
-1.5. Price and quantity indicators 32
-1.6. Investment figures 38
-References 42
Chapter 2. Regulatory structures and their reform in Colombia 43
-2.1. The regulatory regime 43
-2.2. Regulatory institutions 47
-2.3. The regulatory regime 59
-2.4. Regulations and related policy instruments in the telecommunication sector 63
-2.5. Competition policy 81
-2.6. Convergence of communication markets 84
-2.7. Infrastructure deployment: Rights of way, infrastructure sharing and next generation access 88
-2.8. Spectrum policy 93
-2.9. Universal service 99
-2.10. Foreign and state ownership of telecommunication operators 108
-2.11. Consumer protection and empowerment 110
-References 131
Chapter 3. Assessment and recommendations: Towards a more efficient telecommunication sector in Colombia  135
-3.1. Conclusions 136
-3.2. General assessment of current strengths and weaknesses 137
-3.3. Potential benefits of further regulatory reform 141
-3.4. Recommendations 142
-References 157
Annex A. Summary of OECD basket prices in Colombia 159
Annex B. Basket prices in Colombia compared to selected LATAM countries 161
Annex C. Summary of the main initiatives of “Plan vive digital” 163

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